Earning hotel points with TopGuest and converting hotel points to milesPosted: January 4, 2012 | |
I’ve been playing around with TopGuest on my iPhone and iPad lately (which means I’ve been yelling at family members with me to make detours to TopGuest locations when we are out and about). I’ll explain. TopGuest generally offers about 50 points each time you post a check-in with your Facebook or Foursquare account (or post a Tweet with a location but that seems unnecessarily complicated). It’s the same program that gets you 50 United/Continental miles for checking in certain airports.
That’s 50 miles per 24 hours, per hotel program. Theoretically.
Hypothetically, you could earn over 18,000 points a year from each of these programs: Hilton HHonors, Best Western Rewards, Wyndham Rewards, Voila Rewards and Priority Club Rewards. (Other programs include Virgin America Elevate, Choice Privileges, Kimpton InTouch, Clubhotel and M life. Why I am less concerned with these programs I will explain in due course.)
Sure you can act like a normal person and use those hotel points towards free stays and such, but since I tend not to stay in THAT many hotels and am only really committed to the Starwood program (which is not represented on TopGuest), I plan to eventually convert hotel points to miles on the airlines I fly. Thus, I am primarily concerned with the hotel programs that have United and American as transfer partners. The transfer rates are never great, but hey, checking in on Facebook takes practically no effort, it’s free and it only causes mild confusion amongst my Facebook friends and stalkers. Therefore, I’ll get free miles (eventually).
Some examples of possible transfers:
Hilton HHonors has a ton of airline partners and a list of them along with conversions may be found here. I could potentially transfer 10,000 HHonors points for 1,500 American or Hawaiian miles or less thrillingly, 1,000 United miles.
Best Western Rewards has a somewhat better conversion rate. For 5,000 Best Western Rewards, you can receive 1,000 miles on Aeroplan, Alaska, American, Continental, Delta, Southwest, US Airways and Asiana Club. The link is here.
I keep track of all my hotel points on AwardWallet and so far, the Hilton and Best Western check-ins I’ve made have been posting within a few hours. I’ve been updating my AwardWallet account in obsessive awe. You can also receive bonus points just for signing up for TopGuest and linking either a Facebook or Foursquare account. I received 500 bonus Best Western Rewards for signing up. I receive an email within a day of the check-in reporting that I’ve received points through TopGuest.
1. Sign up for hotel points program.
2. Sign up for a TopGuest account and link it to a Facebook or Foursquare account.
3. Connect your hotel points program number to TopGuest.
4. Search Nearby Places on Facebook and post a check-in or check in on Foursquare. Make sure the place you choose is the most obviously named place. Check to see if it has many other check-ins by others — that will give you some hint to whether or not you’re checking into the correct place. For example, when trying to obtain United/Continental miles through TopGuest, don’t check-in on Facebook to “Honoruru Intl Airport” or “Honolua Intl Airport” but rather “Honolulu International Airport (HNL)” which has thousands of previous check-ins.
To further maximize my check-in opportunities, I’ve signed up my boyfriend for a Foursquare account and linked his hotel program reward numbers (which I also set up) to TopGuest. I now have his Foursquare account on my iPhone and check him in whenever I check myself in on Facebook. I’m not relying on him to do his own check-ins because he is part-caveman, doesn’t know how to use Facebook and I’ll bet you fifty bucks he hasn’t heard of Foursquare. I guess I should probably tell him about this at some point if I remember.